De facto building freeze confirmed
Here's the truth: All those announcements that our government has made about building in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria are for domestic consumption. The reality is that housing starts in Judea and Samaria dropped by a whopping 62.4% in the first three quarters 2014
. And the building in Jerusalem may not have crossed the green line.
Data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Sunday showed
that ground was broken on 935 homes in Judea and Samaria from January
to September of this year, compared with 2,487 during the same period in
Settler building makes up only 2.8% of the 32,850 country
wide housing starts. But the largest drop in construction occurred in
Judea and Samaria, compared to an overall decline of 7.4%, according to
Housing starts in Jerusalem, in comparison, grew by 20.6% in the first
three quarters of this year, compared with last year. But the CBS does
not provide data that shows how much occurred over the pre-1967 lines
I'm sure the State Department will be happy.
Labels: Jerusalem construction, Judea and Samaria construction, settlement freeze, US State Department